HC Deb 23 June 1891 vol 354 c1203
MR. LENG (Dundee)

I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether anything has been done to carry out the suggestion in the final Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the Elementary Education Acts, that the experiment might be tried in large towns of appointing a Sub-Inspectress to assist the Head Inspectors in the examination of infant schools and of the earlier standards in other schools, such Sub-Inspectresses having been teachers in elementary schools or having had experience as governesses in training colleges, the Commissioners supporting the suggestion by observing that they had been much struck by the ability, earnestness, and good sense of several of the mistresses who came before them to give evidence?


So far as 'those subjects are concerned upon which the opinion of women is of special value, such as cookery, needlework, and laundry work, the Department has already availed itself of their professional advice, and they took an important step in this direction last year by the appointment of an Inspectress of Cookery and Laundry Work; but in regard to the ordinary duties of inspection, I do not think the suggestion of the hon. Member would contribute to their being better discharged than at present.